Bill and I are enjoying a day chalked full of doing absolutely nothing. We got back home on Tuesday night and were both back at work on Wednesday. Knowing we were having people over this weekend, we knew we had some cleaning to do but lacked the energy to get started. Plus Bill dealt with a bout of food poisoning Thursday, Friday and some of Saturday. Of course coming home to a front yard that looked like this wasn’t good for building motivation.

There’s a sidewalk and a lawn in there somewhere. We had a storm when we got back that blew a bunch of leaves from the front yard into the back yard!

Muchas gracias to Dad again for getting us the blower.

We spent all day Saturday cleaning and getting food preped for dinner Sunday night. Patrick and Veronica flew in Saturday night and we had dinner at Claim Jumper. I enjoyed a parmesean crusted chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes and a tomato and spinach sauce on top. Yum! Patrick had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and buttermilk biscuits. Veronica had the chicken and tortilla soup. Very tasty! Bill had macadamia crusted halibut over white rice. He didn’t like it very much. He said the fish was overcooked and the crust was salty. It was alright though, we all had such large portions, he had some of mine. For dessert I ordered a slice of their famous Motherlode 6-layer chocolate cake. Once slice is huge! I ordered it intending on serving it for dessert on Sunday.

Sunday morning we headed out to Newport Beach to enjoy the sunny weather. It was still chilly for my taste (around 59 degrees F). We carused around the large mall there and, after we deemed it to be too expensive, we headed home making a couple of detours. We stopped at Fry’s to pick up a few things. I got a high speed USB port for my computer. (my computer is old enough that I needed to update something as simple as my USB ports) Veronica got herself a new pair of earbuds. Next we went to Beverages and More in Huntington Beach. I wanted to find the Spanish rose sparking wine Mark served at Christmas. Sadly, it was sold out. That’s what I get for trying to buy it on the evening on New Year’s Eve. Veronica wanted to splurge a little and picked up a $40 bottle of rose sparkling wine from France. I guess there was no price tag on it. So the sales clerk asked a co-worker to look up the SKU number. She apparently gave him the wrong number, because Veronica was only charged $15 for the bottle. Woo hoo! To make it even better, it was really good sparkling wine!

Around 6:30 our friends Robert and Heather arrived from Santa Monica. Bill was busy rubbing his meat…. um…I mean he was rubbing a garlic mixture on the prime rib! Heheheh. Bill got an 8 pound prime rib roast. He tried a new cooking technique: He coated the roast with pureed garlic, dijon mustard and black pepper then rested it in the roasting pan on a bed of rock salt. He then coated the whole roast with a mixture of rock salt, egg whites and water creating a thick crust. It then cooked in the oven until it reached the optimum temperature to acheive slices that made everyone happy. Very rare for Bill. Well done for Robert and Veronica. I’m somewhere in the middle. It was really delicious!

Here Bill is hammering away at the shell and peeling back the rock salt. Believe it or not, there’s a fabulous prime rib under there. The hammer wrapped in foil made me laugh.

I made mashed potatoes with pesto and chopped basil, and a tossed green salad. Bill made a cheesy spinach and artichoke dip and creamed spinach. It was a really good meal overall!

We hung around and watched Dick Clark on a tape delay from New York City until midnight our time. We toasted with our $15 sparkling wine and threw a couple of streamers. It was low-key and very enjoyable.

Happy New Year to everyone!


About wobetxela

Artist, mom, traveler, hiker, babywearer (for as long as they'll let me) and hobbyist photographer.
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